A recap! I carved a tortoise from red polymer clay in my previous post. The turtle needed a little more detailing with a carving tool to make the design on the underside more visible.
Now it’s time for the next step – Making the Mold from the red tortoise model.
The two part mold compound in this case is Part A white and Part B purple. When part A and B are mixed I have about 10-15 minutes of working time before the mixture sets.
A small amount of this mold making compound went with me to Tanzania where I made a mold of a beetle. It amazed the guide and I gave him some to take home to his kids. I always wondered what they did with it.
Part A and B were mixed by pressing and folding them into each other.
Then I wrapped it around the red tortoise pressing so that the designs on the model would show in the mold.
To give a separation for the top and bottom of the turtle, I took an x-acto knife and cut the mold in half without removing the turtle.
The mold compound set and I removed the red turtle. Check out the mold!
The turtle’s head might be a problem when I put the metal clay in the mold so I decided to make another mold that would let the head be in a better place when I removed it. My next post will show two turtles in metal clay – one from each mold.
So far so good! Stay tuned!